by Kimber Simpkins
When I picked up my first hula hoop as an adult (more than ten years ago), I was sure it was broken. It wouldn’t stay up around my hips the way the video showed it was designed to. False advertising. A lemon.
I remembered how easy it was to do as a kid. Not anymore.
It was frustrating, but I kept trying. Every day I went out into the backyard and spent just three minutes spinning the hoop around my middle and seeing what happened.
I felt silly. Ridiculous really.
My body and the hoop were in a circular argument about who was in charge. But one day it magically stayed there for a whole 30 seconds… before dropping back to my feet.
It was exhilarating!
Slowly, the hoop and I came to an understanding where it agreed to hang out around my waist for as long as I asked it to. Most of the time.
Since that day, my hoop has become a beloved friend, and one of my body’s favorite forms of movement.
It didn’t happen overnight.
In fact, when people ask me where my hula hoop skills come from, I tell them about my hooping teacher from many years ago, who taught me all kinds of fun ways to play with the hoop.
Now I want to bring that spirit of fun and play to you and your body.
Whatever age you are, whatever success (or otherwise) you’ve had with a hoop–even if you’re sure you can’t do it–I can help you find a new way to move your body that’s energizing, wonderful exercise, and is good for your body, mind, and heart. We’ll integrate yoga and dharma into the practice as well, helping you find your center and work through any “I can’t”s to explore a new way to enjoy your aliveness.
Starting next month I’m teaching a six week hooping series called “Love Your Hoop” at Namaste Berkeley. It’s Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8:45 pm from Aug 23 – Oct 4 (no class Sept 6). Space is limited to 12 people, so sign up soon. Hoops will be provided! Find out more and sign up here.
With love to you and your body, Kimber
Kimber Simpkins: The wisdom of Buddhist and Tantric philosophy, the insights of physics and psychology, storytelling, and music continuously resonate through Kimber’s teaching and the experience of her students on the mat. She comes from a long line of lay preachers, teachers, singers, and healers and is happy to be walking a path that blends all of these roles. Kimber is the author of the Award-winning memoir Full: How one woman found yoga, eased her inner hunger, and started loving herself, and 52 Ways to Love your Body.